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Heading to Boston this Weekend with a group of friends...love the North End!

We are looking for great food, great wine, and a great atmospshere is always a plus! Doesn't have to be the North End. Also, looking for a moderately priced menu.

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  1. Try L'Osteria.....yummy food, good prices and nice atmosphere. We had a group there back in April and I was pleasantly surprised. Most moderately priced places in the NE I usually find pretty mediocre, but everyone enjoyed their meals and we had alot of fun. Warm staff, who were very accommodating of a 3 yr. old in our party.

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    1. re: Science Chick

      I guess I should say, price is a concern but not at the top of the list. Food and Wine quality definitely very important

      1. re: thrilla05

        Ah, well there are certainly nicer places......Prezza is well regarded. We went to L'Osteria b/c our out-of-town guests wanted a more "traditional" red sauce experience with moderate prices. If you search the board for North End, you'll find many suggestions where price is not an issue.

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        L'Osteria
        104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

    2. Lucca!

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      Lucca Restaurant
      226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

      1. I would add Antico Forno and Rabia's both on Salem for mid priced Italian but if you want to go more upscale Prezza is the place to go.

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        Prezza
        24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

        Antico Forno
        93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

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        1. re: RoyRon

          I found Antico Forno to be only *meh* when I went last fall. The pizza was doughy and tasteless, as were most of the dishes. The only standout was the linguine w/clams....which was MUCH better at L'Osteria.

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          Antico Forno
          93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

          L'Osteria
          104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

          1. re: Science Chick

            I'd go as far as to say "blech" about Antico Forno.

        2. Monica's - the Richmond St. restaurant, not their pizza place on Prince St.

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          1. re: pasuga

            It's technically called Vinoteca di Monica to distinguish it from their other, more casual place. I agree this would fit the bill nicely. The food and atmosphere are much better than at all the similarly-priced NE restaurants I've been to.

            If you're willing to spend more, then you can't beat Prezza or Mamma Maria.

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            Vinoteca di Monica
            143 Richmond St., Boston, MA 02109

            Prezza
            24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

            Mamma Maria Restaurant
            3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

            1. re: pasuga

              What Monica's pizza place are you referring to? The trattoria on Prince has white linen and no pizza on the menu unless something changed.

              I agree that the Vinoteca is a great spot and will throw another "yes" behind Prezza and Taranta if you want to spend the money. It seems like mixed reviews here but Lucca has some great dishes and is definitely a fun scene.

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              Prezza
              24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

              Lucca Restaurant
              226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

            2. Second L'Osteria. Had pleasant experience @ Euno on Salem St. too. Limoncello is ok in a pinch.

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              L'Osteria
              104 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113